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Sterling City Hall and Police Dept. Getting Remodeled

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Sterling City Hall and Police Department is getting a makeover. The Coliseum, as it's called, was built in 1931 and used as a National Guard Armory. For more than 20 years it has housed city departments, but it is now in need of some major upgrades. The building has three floors, with the police department down in the basement. Other city offices are spread out on both the first and second floors.

Right now every area is under construction. City leaders say the renovations will enable them to consolidate their offices on the first floor and create a reception area for the public to get answers to their questions. New council chambers will also go there.

"Everything will be fresh and new and centrally located on the first floor," Police Chief Ron Potthoff said.

The first floor was an auditorium used for school plays and dances. However, it was no longer being used, so that is why city leaders decided to take advantage of the space. Meanwhile, the IT and engineering department will be moved to the second floor, and the police department will get to expand because that will free up space in the basement. Potthoff says the changes will not only make the building easier to navigate, but it will also give his team much needed space.

"Well we were running out of room. Our last remodel was in 1984 and you know we were running out of room in the evidence vault. We were running out of room in the records room. We had a ramp that would bring prisoners down, they are putting in a ramp or elevator for that now," Potthoff said.

The remodel is also going beyond what the eye can see. The building does not meet modern code, so everything from pipes, to new insulation, to a brand new geo thermal heating and cooling system is being put in. Potthoff says while it is a lot of work, he hopes both the public and employees will be happier and fall in love with the historic building all over again.

"One of the reasons we are staying here instead of building a new building is because of the historic value of the building. In the 30's they used to have dances on the roof top so people in the city dearly love this building."

The cost of the project is 4.5 million dollars and it is being paid for by bonds. City leaders say there are 4 phases, right now they are in phase one of construction. They say they hope to have everything done by the fall.

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